About the Muser update:
We are now settled and working in Chengdu, China. As this sidewalk we trek turns in a new direction, I will continue to write about the adventures this nomadic lifestyle brings.
Also, just a brief reminder that this blog is mine and mine alone. It does not reflect State Department opinions or policies.
In Search of Where the Sidewalk Ends is my attempt to record both the extraordinary and mundane events of life as the spouse of a Foreign Service officer.
Before becoming an “EFM” (Foreign Service code for spouse/children), I worked in Marsing, Idaho as an 8th grade English and reading teacher. I taught there starting in 2000, right after graduating from BYU with a major in English teaching and a minor in Spanish teaching. I took a two-year leave of absence from 2006-2008 so that Thad and I could join the Peace Corps. We served as PCVs in Gansu, China during that time, after which I returned to Marsing for several more years until resigning in the spring of 2011.
The most common question that I have been asked as we prepared for the move from Idaho to Washington DC is “What are you going to do?” Thad’s career is pretty laid out, but mine is in a much more unknown state at this point. Until we know where Thad’s first tour is going to be, my answer to that question is, “Take my well-earned summer vacation!” Once we have a bit more detail about where we are headed and when, I can start to make plans for my own career.
For now, I am blogging, enjoying a bedroom view of the Washington Monument and wandering Crystal City, finding those wonderful sidewalk endings!